If you’re faithful and have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles, good for you. If you aren’t, let’s talk. A regular oil change can help maintain the integrity of your vehicle. Dave’s Auto Repair, LLC, doesn’t waste your time when it comes to oil changes. We’ll get you in and out quickly because we understand your time is precious, and we’ll also inspect your vehicle at no charge to ensure everything else is a-okay.
How Many Miles?
Traditionally, an oil change is recommended every 3,000 miles but you may have heard some buzz about longer durations. Yes, if you drive a certain make and model of vehicle and use synthetic oil – which we recommend during the harsh Indiana winters – you can go every 6,000 to 7,500 miles between oil changes under certain conditions, which we’ll discuss more below.
In some cases, such as certain Toyota and BMW engines, you might be able to go as long as 10,000 to 15,000 miles between oil changes, but keep in mind how crucial motor oil is to your engine. Just as you cannot survive without blood, your vehicle’s engine cannot survive without oil, which is why oil changes are more important than many people think.
The first thing you should consider when it comes to oil change duration is your manufacturer’s recommendation, which you’ll find in your owner’s manual. Additional considerations that affect how often you should have your oil changed include
- How fast you drive
- How much stop-and-go driving you do daily
- Whether you haul things
- Whether your commute is on rough or mountainous terrain
All of these things can affect your motor oil life, so when we discuss oil changes with our customers, we also take into account how hard your driving conditions are on your vehicle. We can customize an oil change schedule that benefits both you and your car, truck, or SUV.
Why This Is Important
As we mentioned above, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Oil viscosity lubricates moving parts to prevent friction, overheating, and eventual failure. Over time, oil breaks down and loses its ability to properly lubricate those moving parts.
Oil can also become dirty over time or contaminated with other engine fluids. For example, if your head gasket is cracked – and we hope it isn’t – it could leak coolant into the oil and decrease the oil’s effectiveness.
Don’t Take Chances
Stop by Dave’s Auto Repair, LLC, in Goshen, IN, for a lube, oil, and filter. We will get you in and out quickly so you can move forward with your day. You can also call us 574-444-0948 to set up an appointment if you prefer.